Saturday 24 February 2018

Student Olivia chosen for work in Washington DC

A NEW Ross student has been chosen from over 400 to join a class of 30 students representing Northern Ireland and Ireland in Washington DC this summer, as part of the Washington-Ireland Program (WIP).

Olivia MacDonald, a second year BA (Hons) in Accounting student at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), will be arriving as America prepares for crucial mid-term elections. Olivia said: 'It's such a huge honour to be chosen out of all the fantastic people that applied.'

WIP is a cross-community and cross border organisation that identifies promising young people with a commitment to service and a track record of leadership. WIP builds their skills through work experience, educational opportunity and hands on citizenship both at home and in the US.

After the completion of the Washington semester, the graduates will go on to become part of the active WIP alumni network who are working to make a positive difference in their communities.

Hillary Clinton is one of a number of influential supporters of the Washington Ireland Program and its students.

Ms Clinton said: 'Many of WIP's alumni are now emerging as a new generation of leaders committed to peace, stability and prosperity in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.'

If you would like to track the progress of Olivia and others this summer, you can follow their blogs and view photos at

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